PhD News

Hi PhDers!
You are all invited to our PhD Pizza & Game Night!

On the 28th of February, at 18h00 we will have pizza and drinks together at the
Global Room (main VU building, 1A-36). There will be fun games and some great prices!
For information send an email to or on our facebook group @VUPhDGatherings.
Hope to see you there!
Everybody from the VU PhD Gatherings Team

On Thursday the 21st of June , the VU PhD Gatherings hosted a PhDrinks and Football event in the Global Room. It was great fun. Follow our Facebook group VU PhD Gatherings and join our next event!



We have witnessed an overwhelming need on behalf of our PhD candidates for better understanding of their skills and capabilities beyond research, and opportunities in global academic and industry-related labor markets. For this reason, the VU International Office is launching series of workshops on career orientation, career management and skills targeting all PhD candidates at any stage in their PhD trajectory.

-September to December 2018
-2 workshops per month
-3 h per workshop

Price: 12,50 Euros per workshop per person

Maximum participants: 20 per workshop. First come/apply first serve basis.

To apply for any of the workshop sessions please follow the instructions on our website or send an email with inquiry to

The VU International Office and VU Graduate School of Social Sciences organise this year for the first time a Bridging Programme aimed to get admitted PhD candidates from far abroad – or who have been working outside of academia for a long time (‘buitenpromovendi’) – better prepared, accustomed and integrated into our academic environment and culture.

It contains 4 modules, three of which also have training elements in them and thus provide credits. The programme is scheduled in September 2018 (see below).

Module 1. Welcome & Orientation   3 – 4 Sept
Module 2. Intercultural Personal communication (1 EC)  6 - 7 Sept
Module 3. Developing academic competencies (3 EC)  11-25 Sept
Module 4. Introduction to Academic Writing in English (3 EC) 10-26 September

The fee for the bridging program is 150 Euros per credit (i.e. 450 per Module).
The Welcome & Orientation module costs 30 Euros per PhD candidate (includes goody bag).

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to:

Deadline for applications: August 10, 2018

Dear fellow PhD candidates,


Join us for the Efteling theme park trip on the 29th of August 2018.

The fee is 30 Euros and includes ticket for entrance, bus transportation and lunch.


Send an email to if you wish to join!


Have a good summer!


The VU PhD Gatherings Team

On the 3rd and 4th of September, the VU International Office with the support of Faculty of Social Sciences and Graduate School of the Faculty of Social Sciences organized a first-ever welcome for new PHD candidates of the VU.

The program included: welcome activites in the Global Room, lunch and campus tour, boat tour, Artis ZOO tour and visit to cafe t'Mandje as well as a VU PhD Gatherings pubquiz with drinks and pizza.

We hope our new PhDs had fun and we wish them lots and lots of success throughout their studies!


Bridging program boat tour 2018

VU PhD Gatherings pubquiz 2019


Dear PhD fellows,

Do you have a bright idea? Or do you have an innovative idea but you do not know how to transform it into a business? Or maybe you do not know where to begin?

If so, then D-Lab is for you! 

D-Lab is an initiative that helps researchers and students to develop their ideas and support them by providing equipment and connections in business!

So, we are inviting you to apply and participate in an D-Lab Introduction Event!

Davide Iannuzzi and Sauvik das Gupta will introduce D-Lab on the 20th of September, from 17.00 at the Global Room.
Free drinks and snacks will be provided! 